D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

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The D-Jil project aims to offer young citizens, from nine countries of the MENA region, the opportunity, resources, training and mentoring to create and produce digital content for new generations

It is funded by the European Union and implemented by CFI, in partnership with IREX Europe, the Samir Kassir Foundation, the Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) and Leaders of Tomorrow.

D-Jil will run over 4 years and mentor 20 initiatives from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Selection: in March 2018, there will be a call for applications to select a “long list” of the 30 best projects focusing on digital content intended to meet the expectations of young people and to help them to become involved in public and local life.
  • Hackathon: a hackathon will then bring the teams together to share ideas, receive targeted training and mentoring aimed at helping them refine and develop their project ideas.
  • Subsidy: At the end of the hackathon, the teams will present their projects to a jury and the 10 best will receive a subsidy of between €60 000 to €80 000, to transform their ideas into actual projects.
  • Incubation: These 10 award winners will further benefit from personalized mentoring throughout the implementation of their projects. They will have regular meetings at working sessions to exchange ideas and to promote a regional group dynamic.

IREX Europe will also implement Media and Information Literacy workshops to help the project teams incorporate Media Literacy into activities and receive feedback from their youth audience.

A second call for applications will be launched 6 months later, to choose a further 10 projects

Call for project proposals

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

The overall goal of the project is to increase freedom of expression in Moldova by: empowering youth from rural areas to become civic actors through training in media literacy  and blogging; encouraging local media in regions to collaborate with youth and local authorities; and increasing civic dialogue in the rural areas, including through public dialogue on social issues.

PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES:

Objective 1 : building the capacities of young and active citizens to report on social and political issues through training in media literacy and blogging about their local communities

Objective 2 : support local media in the raions and improve their capacity to provide quality content through collaboration with youth and local authorities

Objective 3 : increasing community dialogue on social issues in the raions, including through public discussions, readings and other events on human rights and social issues.

CONTEXT:

The importance of media literacy is increasingly recognized in Moldova for a number of reasons ranging from the influence of false information; the influence of oligarch dominated media; the lack of professionalism within Moldovan media; and the lack of media literacy amongst the general population.

The consortium’s experience in media literacy shows that Moldovans, especially in the rural areas, lack the necessary skills to critically analyse local, national and international news. Moreover, because of the week capacity of local media, subjects related to local communities are often not reported appropriately or even covered at all. As a result, people in rural areas feel isolated and disinterested in the news, increasing their potential to be manipulated by media oligarchs and false information.

 PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

Our project works to achieve these results through the following activities:

Result 1Young people from at least 10 raions have improved their ability to understand and report on social and political issues through media literacy activities; they have developed connections with other stakeholders from their communities and youth from other raions and are able to engage more critically in their communities as civic actors.

Activity 1.1 – Media Literacy trainings for students from rural areas

Activity 1.2 – Blog tours for youth led by well-known Moldovan bloggers and activists on social issues

Activity 1.3 – Moldovan Multimedia Festivals with prizes for the best blogs.

Activity 1.4 –   Guidance and mentoring provided to the youth engaged in media literacy activities. Youth platforms identified and contracted to disseminate project’s media products;

Result 2 local media in different raions have improved their ability to engage with audiences involving youth and where possible local authorities in developing project and media outputs.

Activity 2.1: Small grants for media projects involving local media, local authorities, and trained youth

Activity 2.2: Production and management capacity building trainings for awarded media projects

Activity 2.3:  Local production and dissemination of productions in local media

Result 3local communities in the raions have the opportunities to access safe spaces for discussion including alternative format debates on social and political issues, including human rights.

Activity 3.1:  Organisation of public discussions, including readings on social issues followed by informal discussions organised by the project partners in collaboration with local authorities, youth and other interested actors.

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of local information and citizen mobilization in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili through the professionalization of associative radios and media literacy for youth and active civil society in these regions.

The project is being implemented in two components. The project’s first component focusses on improving the access to local information for the populations of Tozeur and Kebili , by strengthening the editorial capacities and economic viability of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM, the only associative radios in Kébili and Tozeur; The project will also work to increase the participation of youth and civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.

TOKE Objectives :

Objective 1: To strengthen the capacity of community radio stations to produce information programs;

Objective 2: To enhance the capacity of youth and civil society to interact with community radio and social media.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

  • Workshop on local journalism and radio animation for ATMA trainers;
  • Trainings in local journalism (« journalisme de proximité ») and radio animation techniques for journalists from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Workshop on innovative business models for managers of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training of trainers for ATMA trainers followed by a training of ATMA’s officials of Youth Centers in Tozeur and Kebili.
  • Organization of MIL workshops for youth groups, bloggers and representatives of civil society in Youth Centers.
  • Production and dissemination by Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM (with the support of ATMA) of the making-of of MIL workshops.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Outcome 1:  Journalists and facilitators from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM have the necessary know-how to produce information programs focused on the concerns of the populations of Tozeur and Kebili and to organize at the community level a citizen dialogue reflecting the pluralism of currents of thoughts and opinions.
  • Outcome 2:  Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM strengthen their economic viability by developing different formats of programs with low production costs but adapted to their mandate as citizen and participatory media.
  • Outcome 3:  Youth and active civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili participate more in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.
Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova (SIMML)

Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova (SIMML)

Project Overview

Under SIMML, 99 librarians were trained in media literacy and they have gone on to run more than 100 media literacy trainings and activities in raions across the country, reaching more than 1800 citizens (librarians, youth, students and local authority representatives). Media corners where citizens can access news and information with guided assistance from the librarians are also being established under the project, under a small grants scheme. The media corners offer local citizens access to a wide array of media including online media. Our trained librarians then offer guidance and counseling in how to access an array of information and how to check the information against a range of sources.

Under SIMML IREX Europe is also working with Moldovan media to build the capacities of the new generation of journalists through learning-by-doing internships. 26 journalists and journalism students have received training so far, producing and broadcasting more than 30 video and radio reports, as well as online and print articles.

We’ve combined the media production and media literacy components by organising public discussion sessions in partnership with the libraries where the journalists have joined discussions on the issues covered in their stories, and the librarians and other guests have discussed the issues in the context of media literacy.

The project runs until December 2018. For the remainder of the project we will work to:

  • expand our network of trained journalists by involving new young journalists and journalism students in the learning-by-doing process at leading Moldovan independent media.
  • Continue to train librarians in media literacy so that they can go on to run media literacy activities in more raions across Moldova.
  • Continue to set up Media Corners in public libraries across Moldova.

SIMML Objectives:

  • Objective 1: Improve the quality and quantity of media reports on social and political developments affecting Moldova.
  • Objective 2: Strengthen links between media and their communities through open discussion platforms gathering journalists, civil society organizations, and local audiences.
  • Objective 3: Empower citizens to engage with new media technologies, traditional media, and journalists by developing and expanding media literacy and media corners in libraries across Moldova, by supporting community’s media initiatives.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

Strengthening local media reporting

IREX Europe is working closely with project partners; Association of Independent TV Journalists (ATI); Radio Free Europe; Gagauz Media; and OWH TV Studio. Together we select and recruit journalism students and young journalists from different raions to join a learning-by-doing production process, from pre- to post-production (including the filming phase). The report topics focus on economic, social and political issues including the national education system, corruption, international events that affect Moldova and many others. The key focus is to interpret the events in a way that ordinary people will understand and will relate to, producing balanced, well researched stories that put the issues into a Moldovan context.

Promotion of media literacy through media and library partnerships

IREX Europe is supporting libraries to develop media corners in at least 12 raions as well as train librarians in media literacy, online media access and “how to run a media corner”. The project is also supporting the local librarians to run media literacy programs targeting youth and adults. The media corners give access to local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, and are equipped with computers and internet access, allowing the librarians to provide training and facilities to help local citizens access online information, and to do so with a critical approach.

Public platforms for discussion

The aim here is to bring together communities for active discussion on the important issues affecting Moldovan citizens. Our partner librarians with our support, organise and lead public discussions involving project journalists as well as local journalists, and local community leaders.

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program: Community radios

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program: Community radios

Overview:

The purpose of the Mozambique Media Strengthening Program – Community Radios project is to develop a network of community radio (CR) stations capable of acting as a catalyst for social change at the community level by providing essential information on a broad range of issues that are critical for economic and social development.
The project aims at increasing the ability of community radio stations to provide more and better information to listeners, and to improve the stations’ financial and technical sustainability.
The project is implemented in close collaboration with IREX’s broader media project in Mozambique funded by USAID.

The Mozambique Media Strengthening Program – Community Radios is a 2 years project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contract attached:

Grant_agreement_MFA_IREX_Europe17112016.pdf

With a population of more than 27 million, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa with a large proportion of young people (the median age is 17). In 2008 more than half of Mozambicans (54%) were living below the national poverty line and currently life expectancy is of approximately 55 years.

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Community Radios in northern and central region

The majority of the country’s population does not have access to mainstream media. In this predominantly rural country it is estimated that only 6 out of 100 people are internet users. Moreover, many people who live in rural settings do not speak the official language, Portuguese.</

In this context, many people rely on the local Community Radio as their only source of news and information. In addition to the fact that they broadcast the majority of their programs in local languages, CR play an essential role as amplifiers of a broad range of public service information, for example on health, good governance, education, gender, biodiversity or climate change, and act as a catalyst for social change at the community level.

Project Activities:

  1. Community Radio Experience Exchange (Leadership)
  2. On-the-Job Mentorship (Management/Leadership)
  3. Training- Audience Research for Enhanced Radio Content and Income Generation
  4. Training- Radio Program Production/Adobe Audition
  5. Training- Radio Program Production/Adobe Audition for Women Journalists
  6. Experience Exchange- Radio Program Production around Gender/GBV
  7. On-the-Job Mentorship- Journalism & Radio Program Production
  8. Community Radio Experience Exchange- Digital Tools for Community Engagement
  9. Community Radio Experience Exchange- Preventative Equipment Maintenance
  10. On-the-Job Mentorship- Digital Tools, Social Media for Community Engagement and Journalism
Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region

Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region

Overview

IREX Europe is part of a consortium led by BBC Media Action that is implementing the EU funded Med Media Project: Towards media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region. Other consortium members include the International Federation of Journalists, the Blanquerna Communications School, the Federation of Arab Journalists and the Jordan Media Institute.

The Programme, which runs from January 2014 to January 2018, will aim to reinforce the role of the media in the target countries to act as vectors for democratization and contribute to the development of a more public service oriented media landscape in the Southern Mediterranean. The project also aims to contribute to the creation and development of a public sphere in the region.

The Programme will be implemented in 9 countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) of the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia). The ENP was developed in 2004 by the European Union with the objective of “avoiding the emergence of new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours to the South and the East, and of strengthening the prosperity, stability and security of all concerned”. Key stakeholder groups include regulatory and statutory bodies, journalism unions and support organisations, public service and community media and policy makers.

Background

Despite new freedom promised by the Arab Spring, media across the ENP South region still struggle to act as drivers for positive social change. Challenges include continued political interference and lack of editorial independence, the rise of social media as an alternative source of news and opinion, and the dominance of pan-Arab broadcasters in local media markets. The project will aim to promote a public service orientated media section is in the region through peer-to-peer mentoring, assisting state broadcasters to make qualitative improvements to their outputs, improving engagement with their audiences, and use of social media.

Project Activities

Review of existing legislation in target countries relating to media and existing regulatory mechanisms

Media mapping of media development projects in the region

Organisation of a series of round-tables (topics include media regulation in transitional democracies, transparency of media ownership, the advertising market, international benchmarking for media development, media literacy, parliamentary hearings on state financing of the media, conferences on minority-language media, gender mainstreaming and protection of women’s rights)

Coaching activities for grantees as well as peer-to-peer mentoring activities between European and regional stakeholders

Set-up of a knowledge management portal for research materials.

Regional networking activities and conferences to provide opportunities for experience sharing and dialogue.